Annual PVM Open House

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine hosts an Open House each year during Spring Fest to educate the public on all of the different aspects of veterinary medicine. The mission of Purdue Veterinary Medicine is to "advance global animal and human health and well-being through excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement." This is emphasized in the multitude of events held each year during PVM's Open House.

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2017 PVM Open House

The Key to a Healthy Animal is as easy as Pie - 2017 PVM Open House
April 8, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year's theme of preventive medicine aims to inform guests on easy steps to maintain the health and wellness of each animal. Preventive medicine is important in preventing disease and decreasing the risk of health problems later on in life for your pet or animal. It typically incorporates exercise, dental hygiene, yearly vaccinations, nutrition, socialization, etc. The key to a healthy animal is as easy as pie! Come find out more on April 8!

The 2017 PVM Open House will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.!

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

For questions about the open house, please contact Elexa Baron at

Open House Location

The 2017 Open House will be held at Purdue University's Charles J. Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine at 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907.

Event Schedule

  • Admissions Talk - 11:00 am to 11:45 am
  • Live Spay Demo - 12:15 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Columbian Park Zoo - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Equine Treadmill Demonstration *- 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Buttercup the Fistulated Cow - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

* Tickets for the Equine Treadmill will be distributed starting one hour before each demonstration time at the "Welcome Booth". Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis. Each guest must be present to receive their ticket and only one ticket per guest will be given. Groups larger than 6 cannot be accommodated due to limited tickets. Each demonstration has a maximum of 60 guests so be sure to get your tickets early.

Some of the events include:

Walk Through the Heart

  • The first year veterinary students guide children and families through the different chambers of the heart.

Walk Through the GI Tract

  • Take a journey through the four different compartments of the ruminant gastrointestinal tract with second year veterinary students.

Dress like a Surgeon and Teddy Bear Suturing

  • Learn the ins and outs of surgery with the third year veterinary students including suturing teddy bears! Children will even get a chance to put on a surgeon's attire.

Veterinary Technicians

  • Learn about the Vet Tech program while participating in various games, get your face painted and attempt to dunk one of the vet techs in a dunk tank.

Community Practice

  • Come visit the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital's Community Practice and learn about the importance of preventative medicine for pets.

Indiana State Fair 4-H Winners

  • Take a look at the Vet Science poster/projects displayed by 4-H winners on various topics within the veterinary field.

Teaching Dog Program

  • A new exhibit to show off the teaching dogs that are implemented into the veterinary student program. These dogs help give the 1st and 2nd year veterinary students some hands-on clinical experience.

Hospital Tours

  • Take a tour of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and get to see the high standard of care that is offered to all the animals that walk through the doors.


  • Watch a demonstration of a horse on a treadmill! The treadmill test is used to diagnose lameness, respiratory, and cardiovascular issues in horses.
  • Have the opportunity to observe a live spay demonstration and listen to the step by step process outlined by one of the vet school's top surgeons.

Outdoor events include:

  • Paint horseshoes and get to see a painted horse sponsored through Purdue's Equine Club.
  • Learn about Priority 4 Paws, a mobile surgery unit that travels to nearby animal shelter to spay and neuter shelter dogs and cats to advance their adoptions.
  • Visit the Farrier and learn all about showing horses and proper hoof care.
  • Get to visit a multitude of animals at the outside petting zoo such as baby chicks, sheep, and horses. People will even have the opportunity to meet Buttercup, Purdue's resident fistulated cow, and examine her rumen contents.

Learn about PVM's various Clubs including:

  • Pets for People
  • Cat Club
  • Exotics Club
  • Pathology Club
  • Veterinary Students as One in Culture and Ethnicity
  • Christian Veterinary Fellowship
  • Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

Families and children are invited to pick up a Graduation Day card at the Welcome Table and visit the various clubs and events, collecting stamps as they go. Once the card is completed, children can receive their diploma and graduation photo at the information booth!

Other Organizations Attending

Photo Gallery from the 2016 PVM Open House

Photo Gallery from the 2016 PVM Open House

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 2016 PVM Open House!

Posted by Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine & Teaching Hospital on Saturday, April 16, 2016

Photo Gallery from the 2015 PVM Open House

Photo Gallery from the 2015 PVM Open House

Thanks for coming out to the 2015 PVM Open House! #caringtogether #puspringfest #pvmopenhouse

Posted by Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine & Teaching Hospital on Monday, April 20, 2015

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